Word of the DayTuesday, March 20, 2012
\VUR-nl\ , adjective;
Appearing or occurring in spring.
Of or pertaining to spring.
Appropriate to or suggesting spring; springlike.
Belonging to or characteristic of youth.
By and by a bird piped in the garden; the shriek of a swallow made itself heard from a distance; the vernal day was beginning to stir from the light…
-- William Dean Howells, A Foregone Conclusion
Where are you trampling vernal blooms?
-- Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin
Vernal stems from the Latin word vernus meaning "pertaining to spring." It is related to the word "verdant."
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